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OSHA and NIOSH Spanish Nail Gun Resource Another SPALW Success

Posted in on Wed, Oct 24, 2012

Growing out of ASSE’s Alliance with OSHA, dedicated members of ASSE’s Safety Professionals and the Latin Workforce (SPALW) special interest group have been contributing many hours in helping translate and otherwise providing assistance to OSHA in developing products for Spanish-speaking workers.  An good example is the access SPALW member Tom Trauger and his employer, Winchester Homes, provided to residential job sites for the photos used in the new OSHA/NIOSH nail gun resource described below..

With great apologies to anyone who may have been missed in this list, the following are SPALW members who, like Tom Trauger, have been helping over the last few years see that Spanish-speaking workers can also benefit from various OSHA resources:

Zeferino Banda, Chandler AZ

Andres Becerra, Panama City, FL

Diana Cortez, Chappqua, NY

Anibal Franco, Irving TX

Jose Hernandez, Lubbock TX

Luz Martin, Lowell MA

Luis Mendez, Greenbelt, MD

Jose Perez, Visalia CA

Adolfo Reynaga, Albuquerque NM

Mary Sennett, Willowbrook, IL

Jose Velasquez, Dallas TX

Elisonia Valle, Bayport NY

Mario Varela, Western Springs IL

Lizzette Vargas-Malpica, San Jose CA

David Wirges, Houston TX

From OSHA and NIOSH –

NIOSH and OSHA are pleased to inform you that “Seguridad con las pistolas de clavos: Guía para los contratistas del sector de la construcción” is now available. It is also available on the NIOSH and OSHA websites at: and Hard copies are available by calling either the OSHA publications office at 1-800-321-OSHA or; or NIOSH at 1-800-CDC-INFO or

Nail guns are used every day on many construction jobs – especially in residential construction. They boost productivity but also cause tens of thousands of painful injuries each year.  This publication provides the latest information on how nail gun injuries happen along with worksite stories on actual nail gun incidents and practical advice that contractors can take to prevent nail gun injuries.

We are interested in working with your organization to help disseminate the guidance widely.  We ask that you help us by forwarding the new publication on to your colleagues, partners, and members.


James G. Maddux, Director, Directorate of Construction, OSHA

Christine Branche, PhD, FACE Principal Associate Director and Director, Office of Construction Safety and Health, NIOSH


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